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Wed
06
Nov

Aurora reflects on state testing scores

Student scores for the Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System (NSCAS) have officially been released as of October, and reflect positive scores for the 4R district.
Curriculum Director Desiree Teahon took time to reflect on the scoring system, as well as the district’s performance, during last month’s school board meeting. In a later interview she stated that there have actually been no logistical changes to the testing process for this most recent go-around (the 2018-19 testing).
“It was year three of testing the College and Career Ready Standards in English Language Arts (ELA) and it was year two for math,” she said.

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Wed
06
Nov

Public participation airs turbine concerns

Caroline Epp of Giltner was present for the duration of Monday’s Hamilton County Board of Commissioners meeting, waiting patiently to speak her concerns surrounding the wind turbine debate during the public participation section of the morning.
“I want to state that I’m very much against the wind turbines, especially where they’re being placed,” Epp expressed. “Because that is prime farm ground and I just think that is a really dangerous precedent to set for this county.”
The county is known for its great agricultural land, Epp continued, and starting to place turbines in “prime agricultural land” would be, in her view, a disgrace to the county.

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Wed
06
Nov

PPRI greenhouse a learning, living lab

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While collecting wild seed is a core component of the Prairie Plains Resource Institute’s restoration program, so too is an on-site greenhouse that allows the staff to grow their own prairie seedling plugs for pollinator gardens or to enhance existing prairies.
Sarah Bailey started working with what was then a new greenhouse when she joined the nonprofit organization in 2010, and has since seen it grow in scope and size.
“Initially we focused on growing plants that might not come into a restoration site as easily so we could enhance some of those projects,” Bailey said. “That way we could have wildflowers and different plants that we don’t get a lot of seed for.”

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Wed
06
Nov

Chamber planning ‘Come Home to Christmas’ event

Now that a definite chill has entered the air in Hamilton County it might be time to start thinking about the last remaining holidays before the start of a brand new year.

Wed
06
Nov

Pawling gives road department update

Hamilton County Highway Supt. K.C. Pawling provided a department update to commissioners Monday, adding to the updates he provided Sept. 16.
He started his conversation with “gravel numbers,” stating that county crews had delivered 6,300 tons of gravel, with contracted drivers delivering the same amount.
“We had some asphalt repairs done on Road 6,” Pawling continued. “And of course we do that in tonnage also and we replaced 193 tons of asphalt doing patchwork on Road 6.”

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Wed
06
Nov

Giltner sees rise in overall test scores

Statewide assessment test scores from last spring have come back to area school districts as they look through the results.
Giltner Supt. Stuart Lenz reported that the district was very proud of their test results.
“These are a result of the incredible work our teachers and students put into the classroom each and every day,” Lenz said. “As a district we just ensure that we are teaching the standards that we need to be teaching by using best practices to keep students engaged and active in learning. We don’t spend specific time cramming for state assessments, but just ensure that quality instruction is occurring at all times. If we do that well, then we know the test results will follow, which is what we are seeing."

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Wed
06
Nov

High Plains reflects on state test results

As state-wide testing results for the 2018-19 school year have now become available, High Plains Principal Cameron Hudson and Supt. Brian Tonniges both took a moment to assess the numbers and their plans for the future.
“HPC is working hard to analyze the data and determine areas of improvement,” Tonniges reported. “The staff and administration continue to work on identifying proper intervention strategies, gaps in curriculum and teaching strategies to address the data that shows areas of minimal or no growth.”
As part of the state test results from the previous year (2018-19), scores are compared against peer schools. Those scores are determined based on the 12 Nebraska public schools, or districts, that are most similar to High Plains on a range of variables, including school, district and community characteristics.

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Wed
06
Nov

State test scores ‘just one piece of the puzzle’ in Hampton

Results are in for statewide assessment tests conducted last spring, though some area school officials are contemplating what exactly those results mean and how they will be utilized to improve instruction at the local level.
Hampton Supt. Holly Herzberg reported that the Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System (NSCAS) is ultimately just one piece of the puzzle used to make sure students at Hampton Public Schools are getting the best education possible.
“I want to put emphasis and importance of this, but we also want to know we keep the big picture of what we do day to day as our priority,” Herzberg said. “We do a lot with our MAP data, which is more timely and can guide our teachers’ instruction. We probably put more emphasis on that than our state assessments. This is just one piece of the puzzle.”

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Tue
05
Nov

HPC makes plans for Beef Booster program

A new program in its infancy stage is looking to not only provide locally-sourced meat to students, but also support local ranchers and meat lockers.
Tom Hofmann, the ag teacher at High Plains Community School, explained that Principal Cameron Hudson has created a leadership team and that one of their goals is to make students more satisfied with school lunches.
“Sutton has a very active Beef Booster program,” Hofmann explained. “They really go out and promote it. If we could do something similar that would be great.
“Since I’ve been here in 2012, this community has been awesome about supporting their school system,” he continued. “You don’t always find that, but this community does a super job of doing whatever it takes to make sure the kids are getting the best education possible. That’s part of it, if you’re eating well, you perform better. Academically, it’s food for the mind.”

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Sat
02
Nov

Huskies advance

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Coach Kyle Peterson and the Huskies took care of business on the road Friday, using a physical style of run-oriented football to advance in the C1 football playoffs with a 32-13 win over Ogallala. Aurora will host No. 1-seed Adams Central Friday in a rematch of the season opener. For complete game coverage, see this week's ANR.

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